Herbal Interests | Essential Oil Everyday Face Serum
It was a little over two weeks ago that I shared my 10 Step Korean Beauty Routine with you, which I am still keeping up with! It's a miracle. Finally something has stuck. Truth be told, I have broken out quite a bit in the past weeks as we traveled and ate bad food and just the stress of working and figuring out the next steps in our business. Ah! I am feeling like my body is going in all directions at once lately. Still, the routine is awesome. My skin is now left feeling expectant of its replenishment at night, and I like that. The serums and moisturizers are much easier for it to absorb, and my skin just feels so great and ready to start the day when I wake up in the mornings. If you caught my post, then you might remember all of the facial serums that were included. These are meant to benefit issues you are having with your skin, like dryness or acne or wrinkles. Whatever your issues may be, there are natural serums and emulsifiers out there that can help. While I do like purchasing oils for my skin, and I have been for many years, I was interested in trying to make one myself.
It wasn't very long ago that a friend gifted me a facial oil filled with essential oils that she had made. She was a Young Living consultant, and after trying it, I felt like it wasn't that different from other serums I had paid big money for. Though, I wasn't exactly sure what went into it and what I needed for my skin. Now that I've been making herbal home remedies for a while, I figured it was time for me to try. The ingredients within the serums I purchased were already in my herbal medicine pantry! So what was the hold up? Nothing, I suppose!
- 12 tbsp Carrier Oil - This can be a number of things! You can combine oils, or leave just one. I like to combine two carrier oils, apricot kernel oil and jojoba oil, which are beneficial for maturing, oily, and acne irritated skin. Below I've listed some carrier oils for different skin types.
- Dry | avocado, apricot kernel, rosehip seed, sweet almond, sunflower seed
- Sensitive | sunflower seed, evening primrose, avocado, argan, sweet almond, apricot seed, grapeseed, jojoba, rosehip seed
- Oily | jojoba, argan, grapeseed
- Aging| sunflower seed, apricot kernel, rosehip seed, sweet almond, avocado
- Acne | jojoba, sesame seed, argan, grapeseed, evening primrose
- up to 20 drops Essential Oil - There are so many wonderful essential oils for skin out there! I love oils that are geared towards acne and sensitive skin. Remember, never apply essential oils directly to your skin, always dilute them. That is was the carrier oil is for! If you want, you can use essential oil diluted in water as a toner. Apply with a cotton pad.
- Dry | jasmine, frankincense, geranium, cedarwood, myrrh, palmarosa, chamomile
- Sensitive | sandalwood, frankincense, lavender
- Oily | cypress, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree, orange, bergamot
- Aging | frankincense, geranium, ylang-ylang, lavender, patchouli, rose absolute, palmarosa
- Acne | tea tree, lemongrass, lavender, patchouli, vetiver, geranium
Here is my Mix:
- 6 tbsp apricot kernel oil
- 4 tbsp jojoba oil
- 2 tbsp rosehip seed oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops tea tree essential oil
- In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together.
- Place inside a dropper bottle, like this one. Shake well before each use.
- Place a 1-3 drops in your hand and apply to a clean face.
That's all there is to it! I've been a big believer in using a facial oil as a moisturizer for a few years now. I always felt like lotions were too heavy for my skin and made me even more oily. I've been using squalane oil on my face for about five years now and have always loved how it leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh, and I don't feel like there's a lot of oil production throughout the day. It just feels like a natural glow. I am liking how this serum feels - it gives me a little something extra rather than just jojoba or sweet almond oil all alone. I hope you enjoy!